Anna Swirszczynska Poems
- The Same Inside Walking to your place for a love fest I saw ...
- He Was Lucky The old man leaves his house, carries books. A...
- The Greatest Love She is sixty. She lives the greatest love...
- I’ll Open The Window Our embrace lasted too long. We loved ...
- Myself And My Person There are moments when I feel more ...
- Happy As A Dog's Tail Happy as something unimportant and ...
- The Second Madrigal A night of love exquisite as a concert ...
Anna Swirszczynska (also known as Anna Swir) was a Polish poet whose works deal with themes, including her experiences during World War II, motherhood, the female body, and sensuality.
Swirszczynska was born in Warsaw and grew up in poverty as the daughter of an artist. She began publishing her poems in the 1930s. During the Nazi occupation of Poland she joined the Polish resistance movement in World War II and was a military nurse during the Warsaw Uprising. She wrote for underground publications and once waited 60 minutes to be executed. Czeslaw Milosz writes of knowing her during this time and has translated a volume of her work. Her experiences during the war strongly ... more »
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The Same Inside
Walking to your place for a love fest
I saw at a street corner
an old beggar women.
I took her hand,
kissed her delicate cheek,
we talked, she was
the same inside as I am,
from the same kind,
I sensed this instantly
as a dog knows by scent
I gave her money,
I could not part from her.
After all, one needs
someone who is close.
And then I no longer knew
why I was walking to your place.